CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ The N.C. Wildlife Federation and a local chapter have erected two heron rookeries on Lake Norman.
The Charlotte Observer reports that volunteers designed and constructed the platforms and a local company built the 30-foot poles and attached the 18 nesting platforms.
Federation CEO Tim Gestwicki said a grant from the Habitat Enhancement Program of the Catawba-Wateree is supporting the heron rookery initiative.
Gestwicki said the rookeries are protected under the Colonial Waterbird Nesting Area Program. The boundaries of the habitat areas are posted, and no entry is allowed during the water bird nesting season from April through August.
Great blue herons are listed by the N.C. Natural Heritage Program as a vulnerable species in the Piedmont due to loss and fragmentation of habitats by development along bodies of water.